Word forms: plural near misses
1. countable noun
You can say
that there is a near miss
when something is nearly
hit by another thing, for example
by a vehicle or a bomb.
Details have been given of a near miss between two airliners over southern England
earlier this week.
We've had a few near misses in the raids, as I expect you've noticed.
2. countable noun
A near miss is an attempt to do something which fails by a very small amount.
...Milan's successful defence of the European Cup and near-miss in the Italian championship
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